I would like to learn about reviewing Bitcoin Core pull requests at the Bitcoin Core PR review club. How do I join the ##bitcoin-core-pr-reviews channel on IRC (Libera.Chat network) and which IRC client do you recommend I install?

I can use the command line but I would prefer to maximize convenience and minimize setup time.

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On Ubuntu, I like weechat.

On OSX I've used Colloquy before but have recently upgraded to Textual which is not free -- unless you build it from source :-).

There is even a web interface for freenode, but I'm not sure if it requires authentication to join the channel.

  • Do you know any good IRC client for Android? I tried AndroIRC but had issues connecting to freenode server using Riseup VPN and Tor. Can we have XMPP server for bitcoin-core instead of IRC? Also web interface doesn't require authentication. I have tried it. But unable to connect using VPN or Tor.
    – user103136
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 4:35
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    I don't know about android but I do have an iOS app called Mutter that works - I've joined review club from the subway!
    – pinhead
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 11:39
  • This reddit post mentioned that app is not available anymore reddit.com/r/irc/comments/eha8yj/… but I found another app in replies palaverapp.com and it is partially open source as well
    – user103136
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 12:22

The Bitcoin Core PR review club site links to this beginner's guide to IRC.

There are more impressive IRC setups such as Pieter Wuille's setup.

My setup is: juicessh on my phone, ssh into my VPS (non-tor), where I run irssi in screen, which connects via tor to freenode and other networks

But you said you wanted to minimize setup time. In that case I would recommend Textual on MacOS (as pinhead does in his answer). It isn't free, the license costs $7.99 at the time of writing (September 2020). There is a FAQ for using Textual here.

This will allow you to join the Bitcoin Core PR review club meetings but you won't be able to receive messages or view discussion that has happened on channels while you were offline. You would need to set up a bouncer on a virtual private server to do that (or refer to third party conversation logs). For that I recommend ZNC but first get set up with a IRC client like Textual.

Further discussion on terminal based IRC clients.

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